Chris Fedor Awarded the 2018 Frank J. Farina Jr. Award for Musical Excellence

Chris Fedor is the recipient of the NA Foundation’s 2018  Frank J. Farina Jr. Award for Musical Excellence at North Allegheny Senior High School.

“This was the work that Mr. Farina did — to showcase his goodwill toward others throughout our community, the United States, and Europe. Mr. Farina was also the founder of the now-named Pittsburgh Philharmonic in which I recently won their annual concerto competition, playing the Dvoák cello concerto in B minor. I am proud, honored, and humbled that the Farina family chose me to be this year’s recipient of this prestigious award,” he said.

Chris will double major in bio-chemistry and cello performance at Northwestern University.

A senior at North Allegheny High School, Chris currently studies cello with Katya Janpoladyan and David Premo. Chris began his cello studies with Ms. Janpoladyan in the fall of 2011 and has since won multiple cello performance awards, including three awards with the Pittsburgh Concert Society – one for solo cello in 2016 and two for chamber ensembles in 2017. He has also had master classes with Mikhail Istomin, Fred Sherry, and Jeffrey Solow.  Recently, Chris was named a finalist for the 2018 Duquesne Young Artists National Concerto Competition.

Before he began playing cello, Chris studied piano with Marina Lupinacci from the age of five and later, jazz piano with Ron Bickel.  His piano achievements led him to win the Steinway Society of Western PA Young Artist awards in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Chris is currently a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra (principal/co-principal), the Amadeus Quintet (winner of the 2017/2018 Montgomery Fellowship Award), and the Arioso Piano Trio.  He was also a member of the All-National Honor Symphony Orchestra (Grapevine, Texas), All-East Division Conference Honors Orchestra (principal), the Well-Tempered Piano Trio, the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras, the Pittsburgh Symphony EQT Student Side-by-Side orchestra, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association orchestras, the North Allegheny High School Chamber Orchestra (principal), the North Allegheny Golden Strolling Strings (cello and piano), and the North Allegheny High School musical pit orchestra (principal).

In addition to music, Chris enjoys playing baseball and has been a catcher for eight years.  Some of his other hobbies include chess, running, and science bowl.  He has received several scholastic awards, including the National Honor Society, Junior Honor Society, and the President’s Education Award for outstanding academic excellence.  In college, Chris plans to double major in biochemistry and cello performance.

Music in Your Neighborhood – Johnstonbaugh

Back in December 2017, the Farina Foundation was proud to provide funding to five local music organizations. Here’s how these funds keep giving back to music in your community!

Johnstonbaugh Music Centers used their Farina Foundation Funding to provide two $250 Inspired Music Students Scholarships. These scholarships were awarded at the conclusion of the JMC Open House, Saturday, March 24th 2018 at the New JMC Allison Park location!

Students up through high school were invited to create a video 2-3 minutes in length that demonstrated the impact of music in their life. Students were encouraged to get creative and show what makes music special!

All entries were tagged on Facebook with #MakeMusicWithJMC. With so many fantastic applications, the decision was difficult. However, the two Farina Foundation Scholarships were awarded to Katie Summer, 10th Grade at Cyber School (Piano,Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Vocalist) and Sean Anderson, 6th Grade at Pine Richland (Percussion).

See their winning videos on Facebook and learn about how music has inspired them.

 

Winning Entries:

Katie Summer

Sean Anderson

 

Stay tuned for exclusive interviews with the winners!

 

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Music in Your Neighborhood – Brighton Music Center

Back in December 2017, the Farina Foundation was proud to provide funding to five local music organizations. Here’s how these funds keep giving back to music in your community!

 

Brighton Music Center has used their grant to provide students with instruments and lessons. Emily Fletcher, 6th grader Woodland Hills, received a donated saxophone and Allicia Broyard, sophomore at Gateway School District, a donated flute. Both instruments were refurbished courtesy of Brighton Music Center.

 

Emily Fletcher and Allicia Broyard were on hand Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Brighton Music Center, to receive instruments donated by the Farina Foundation. The instruments were collected as part of the effort to give deserving students the tools they need to move forward in their musical endeavors. Brighton Music refurbished the instruments and chose the recipients. Director Lora Hertrick of Woodland Hills and James M. Hoeltje of Gateway High School nominated their students for their awards. They wrote heart felt letters giving the reasons they believed these students deserved the donations of the instruments. Emily was awarded the saxophone. She is a sixth grader who also plays the clarinet and piano. Ms. Hertrick proclaimed Emily as a leader in the band and in the classroom. Emily is enthusiastic about learning and guarantees that she will make great use of her new instrument. Allicia is a senior at Gateway High School and a member of the Gateway Wind Ensemble. She has been using two flutes to practice and perform. Neither instrument was in good working order. Her determination and talent are the reasons Mr. Hoeltje nominated Allicia to receive her refurbished flute. The Farina Foundation is thrilled that these two deserving students were chosen to receive these instruments and wish them all the best in their musical triumphs. These gifts would not be possible without the wonderful donations of former students of music. The Farina Foundation accepts all used instruments from donors to be refurbished and presented to those most deserving.

Photos from the award reception.

The Farina Foundation Hits the Streets…

The first public appearance of the Farina Foundation was a huge success.  We set up our table with banner, snare drum for donations and beautiful portrait of dad with his ever present tuba, at the North Allegheny High School Auditorium during the Spring Concert. It was bittersweet for Laura, Frankie and I to be back at the place where we spent so many years performing. All the memories came flooding back, especially when Frank and I took the stage to hand out the two award scholarships in honor of our dad.

Who can forget performing with the concert bands, jazz or wind ensembles. I even remember watching Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich perform on that stage. Not to mention playing in the orchestra pit for countless musicals.

The 2015 NA musicians did not disappoint. They played beautifully. Todd Stefan and crew have done a wonderful job rehearsing and teaching these aspiring musicians. The music was difficult and performed with such gusto, it was truly inspiring.

A special congratulations goes to The Frank J. Farina Jr. Award Recipients:  Reed Antioch and Connor Stewart. Both plan on performing with their respective college bands.

The goal of our night was to introduce the Farina Foundation to a group of people who may have heard of our dad or had relatives learn under him but were not around during our heyday. It was to reintroduce our Foundation and mission to those who were a part of the good ole days and spread the word that we are here and working for the student musicians to carry on our father’s legacy.

To this end, I believe we took a giant step forward. Now, it’s up to all of us to spread the word. Please, if you have friends or family that were NA grads, let them know about our efforts. Return often to our website and if you can, please give a donation. We will be updating this site often.

We will be active on Facebook through our good friend, Sandy Schirra Speicher. I am also establishing a twitter account to give current updates of our activities where the Foundation is concerned. Of course, I have to have my 10 year old stepson help me set it up first. 🙂  It is our hope that through social media we will be able to accomplish our goals and hopefully expand them in the future.

Thanks for visiting!

The beat goes on…..Maria

 

Website Launch!

North Allegheny Tiger Band

North Allegheny Band Days, 1975-1981


Look out, we’re coming though! The Farina Foundation is on the move and online! Watch here for important updates as we get things up and marching!